Persistent Systems has announced a five-year agreement with Hoverfly Technologies Inc. Hoverfly will be joining the Wave Relay® Ecosystem, an network of unmanned system and sensor companies that integrate the Wave Relay® mobile ad hoc network (MANET) into their products.
Hoverfly’s tether-powered, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), LiveSky™ and the BigSky™, will both be part of the Ecosystem, with the Wave Relay® MANET offered as the standard communication link. Brian Soles, Director of Business Development for Persistent Systems, said via a news release that “We are proud to continue to grow the Ecosystem and incorporate new systems that help further the effort towards a networked battlefield,” Brian Soles, Director of Business Development for Persistent Systems, said via a news release.
The partnership between Persistent and Hoverfly improves operational capabilities in dense urban environments. The tethered capability of the LiveSky and BigSky allow them to reach above tall buildings to spread the network farther. Greater networking capabilities provide the warfighter with real-time situational awareness for quick, in-the-moment tactical decisions. The Hoverfly systems operate at altitudes of 200 feet above the ground, where a tether cable provides continuous power and high speed ethernet connectivity.
Rob Topping, CEO of Hoverfly said via the release, “As the Army is working towards networking the battlefield, the addition of the Wave Relay® MANET to our tethered drones enhances capabilities for communications, ISR, rogue reconnaissance, and security…This integration provides a much-needed communication link that enables a wholly networked solution.”